Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Food Network star Paula Deen started her career in food in 1989 as The Bag Lady, delivering, with her two sons, bag lunches to customers in Savannah, Ga. This business eventually became a catering service and led to the opening of The Lady & Sons restaurant. Deen is the author of many best-selling cookbooks of Southern food, and her latest is "The Deen Family Cookbook" (2009). "Paula's Home Cooking" and "Paula's Party" are seen regularly on the Food Network.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Paula Deen